Contractor Sentenced – Work at Heights requires assessments, training & controls

Roofing Contractor given suspended sentences after two employees seriously injured in fall

from HSA

Two 18 month suspended prison sentences were handed down to Mr Patrick Rooney, a roofing contractor today (Friday 29th June) by Judge Martin Nolan at the Criminal Courts, Parkgate Street, Dublin. Mr Rooney was before the Courts after an accident where two of his employees were seriously injured after falling through an 8 metre high roof. The workplace accident took place at Sunnymeade, the Ward, Co. Dublin on 17th July 2007.  Speaking after the sentencing Martin O’Halloran, CEO of the Health and Safety Authority said, “The main failures in the case were the lack of fall protection mechanisms.  When working at height it is vital that activities are assessed for risk, planned correctly and the correct equipment is used at all times.”

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